Jivit, the Konkan magazine in roman script completed four years of its existence and to celebrate the occasion a formal function was held at Ravindra Bhavan on 10th October with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat as the Chief Guest and Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho as the Guest of Honour.
Publisher of Jivit Agnelo Alcasoas in his welcome address recalled that the magazine was started only because the then existing Konkani magazine in Roman script Gulab had announced that it would be stopping publication. While admitting that there were a lot of hardships the biggest of which was funds to publish the magazine, he however, said it was a satisfying experience to see so many new writers in the script emerging through the magazine.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who was the chief guest appreciated the team for its dedicated work and admitted that the challenges must have been many as it is not easy to bring out a publication in the local language on a regular basis.
“No matter how good the magazine or a book is, until and unless it is read, it does not get any recognition and that is why all efforts have to be made to increase the readers of Jivit,” he suggested,
The Chief Minister released two books – one a compilation of 101 poems by 101 poets titled Kovita Sugandh published by Queeny Productions and Publications the same company that publishes Jivit, and the other titled Khambe a book on the stalwarts of Konkani stage and more particularly tiatr who are no longer amongst us. This book is written by John Gomes more popularly known as John Kokoy who is currently quite sick and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai.
Seven persons were felicitated for their yeomen’s service to the cause of Konkani through various fields. They were Patrick Dourado – tiatr, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar – film, Enclidas Elly – writer, late Anthony Carvalho – novelist, Tomas Antao – music, Fr. Luis Alvares – youth work and Brazinho Soares as true lover of Konkani.
Deputy Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Mauvin Godinho also released two books – the first being a compilation of 18 short stories titled Kotha Srungar and the second being a book of Konkani Crosswords titled Sobdkox prepared by Isidore Dantas.
The Deputy Speaker gave away the Jivit Awards which were bagged by Anthony Pereira for young writer, Vincy Quadros for poet, Nevena Furtado for female writer, Brenda Fernandes for household writing, Cosma Fernandes for his contribution to Konkani and Peter Peixote for the best writer.
In his address, Mauvin Godinho while asserting that the Konkani language was the only true identity of Goans not only in Goa but the world over, regretted that there was a dispute over the script of the language and called for an end to this dispute as soon as possible.
The large crowd present for the function also had entertainment in the form of poetry recitation by authors, singing and even reading a short story.
A birthday cake was also cut to mark the occasion.